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5:45 PM ET, August 30, 2016


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FBI Recovers 30 Hillary Clinton Emails Involving Benghazi Attack  —  These emails were not previously provided by Clinton to the State Department  —  (WASHINGTON)— The State Department says about 30 emails involving the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya …
New York Times:
Cutting Ties to the Clinton Foundation  —  Does the new batch of previously undisclosed State Department emails prove that big-money donors to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation got special favors from Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of state?
Evan Perez / CNN:
FBI to release report on Hillary Clinton email investigation as soon as Wednesday  —  The FBI expects to publicly release as soon as Wednesday the report the bureau sent to the Justice Department in July recommending no charges in the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, according to multiple law enforcement officials.
Brandon Cockerham / Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch Submits Email Questions to Hillary Clinton - Written Answers, Under Oath, Due September 29
NBC News:
Is Donald Trump Gaining on Hillary Clinton?  —  Hillary Clinton's national lead over Donald Trump has narrowed slightly to 6 points, according to the latest NBC News|  SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll  —  Clinton now enjoys 48 percent support, while Trump holds steady with 42 percent.
Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
How Much Is Donald Trump Hurting the G.O.P.?  Here's a Way to See  —  There is no reason to speculate about whether nominating Donald J. Trump has cost the Republican Party support in this presidential election.  There is plenty of data to demonstrate that it has.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Pennsylvania  —  Democrats Lead for Both President and Senate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Pennsylvania is currently looking positive for Democrats according to the Monmouth University Poll .  Hillary Clinton has an 8 point lead over Donald Trump …
German Lopez / Vox:   A new poll shows most Republicans appear to regret nominating Donald Trump
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Republican Voters Wish They'd Picked A Different Nominee
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and
Eric Russell / The Portland Press Herald:
LePage says he is considering resignation, apologizes  —  The governor says he doesn't know whether he will finish his second term because of the impact of his recent statements on race and drugs, and his attack on Rep. Drew Gattine.  —  Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday …
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD seeks search warrant for Chris Brown's home after 911 call  —  Singer Chris Brown in court for a probation hearing in 2012.  (David McNew / Getty Images)  —  Los Angeles police are seeking a search warrant for singer Chris Brown's Tarzana home to look for a weapon he allegedly used …
James West / Mother Jones:
Former Models for Donald Trump's Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally  —  Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign.  He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are “taking our jobs” and “taking our money,” …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Colin Powell's foundation and Hillary Clinton's are treated very differently by the media  —  In 1997, after a distinguished career in military service that culminated with stints as national security adviser under Ronald Reagan and chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton …
New York Post:
Texts reveal Anthony Weiner knew his marriage was ‘busted’  —  In her statement, released through Clinton's campaign Monday morning, Abedin, 41, announced that she had reached her breaking point “after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage.”
Gary Detman / WPEC:
Vladimir Putin arrested at Publix  —  Vladimir Putin is facing trespassing charges.  —  Not Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.  But Vladimir Putin of West Palm Beach, according to the police report.  —  Police responded to a Publix supermarket in downtown West Palm Beach following a report of a man screaming at employees.
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
House Conservatives Plot Coup Against Speaker Paul Ryan  —  Gulp.  Here they go again.  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON House Speaker Paul Ryan's re-election to his leadership post in January is fast turning into a potential showdown between establishment Republicans …
Mike TriplettESPN / ESPN:
Drew Brees ‘wholeheartedly’ disagrees with Colin Kaepernick's method of protest  —  METAIRIE, La. — Drew Brees said he felt compelled to speak out against Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem and said Monday that it was “bothering me all day long.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Washington Post:
Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his
Discussion: Raw Story, The Atlantic and ABC News
Neil Eggleston / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
President Obama Grants 111 Additional Commutations, the Most Commutations Granted in a Single Month  —  Earlier this month, President Obama granted commutation to 214 federal inmates, the most commutations granted in a single day by any President in this nation's history.
Discussion: Politico, Hit & Run, NBC News and Daily Kos
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Exclusive: Kochs pull ads from Ohio Senate race  —  The powerful network helmed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is canceling advertising in the Ohio Senate race, a sign that Republican Sen. Rob Portman  —  is viewed as increasingly likely to win.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Piles Up Research in Bid to Needle Donald Trump at First Debate  —  Hillary Clinton's advisers are talking to Donald J. Trump's ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal,” seeking insights about Mr. Trump's deepest insecurities as they devise strategies to needle and undermine …
Scott Bland / Politico:
George Soros' quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system  —  While America's political kingmakers inject their millions into high-profile presidential and congressional contests, Democratic mega-donor George Soros has directed his wealth into an under-the-radar 2016 campaign to advance …
CBS News:
Pro-Trump pastor regrets cartoon of Clinton in blackface, but “not the message”  —  Donald Trump always has something to say on Twitter, but now, a supporter's tweet is creating outrage.  —  It shows an image of Hillary Clinton in blackface, at a time when Trump is reaching out to minority groups.
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Trump Ally: No Voting Rights For Women Using Free Birth Control & Welfare Recipients  —  Wayne Allyn Root, a Donald Trump admirer who often claims to be in frequent contact with the GOP candidate has led campaign rallies for him in Nevada, said yesterday that people who receive federal benefits …
Discussion: Raw Story and NewsRadio WINA
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McCain braces for squeaker in today's primary  —  He's expected to prevail, but a big win would go a long way to calm Republicans anxious about a potential upset.  —  PHOENIX — John McCain is hoping for a blowout in his Senate primary on Tuesday.  He's bracing for a squeaker.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Rubio won't commit to serving 6-year term  —  Marco Rubio on Monday refused to commit to serving a full six-year term in the Senate should he win reelection.  And the former Republican presidential candidate subtly suggested that if he ran for the White House again, he would be prepared to leave politics behind if he lost.
Discussion: Hot Air and Naked Politics
Abby Broyles / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Oklahoma City mother accused of killing daughter by forcing crucifix down her throat  —  OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro mother is accused of murdering her own daughter, because she thought she was possessed by the devil.  —  The woman is accused of killing her daughter with a crucifix.
Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs  —  [Content note: this is pretty much a rehash of things I've said before, and that other people have addressed much more eloquently.  My only excuse for wasting your time with it again is that SOMEHOW THE MESSAGE STILL HASN'T SUNK IN.
David Brody /
Only On The Brody File: Michele Bachmann Says “God Raised Up” Trump To be GOP Presidential Nominee  —  Michele Bachmann, who is one of Donald Trump's close evangelical advisors tells The Brody File that, “God raised up” Trump to be the GOP presidential nominee.  Here's what she says:
Discussion: Politico
Joan Walsh / The Nation:
The Media Are Doing an Abysmal Job of Covering Donald Trump's Racism  —  Too many outlets have equated Hillary Clinton's speech documenting Trump's racism with his baseless accusation that she is a bigot.  —  By ,  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (left) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Discussion: Shakesville and Scripting News
Sam Levine / The Huffington Post:
Chuck Grassley Says He Could Be Persuaded To Hold Lame Duck Hearing For Merrick Garland  —  He said he could be convinced if a majority of senators supported it.  —  Associate Politics Editor, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Hillary Clinton Celebrated Confederate Flag Day Every Year as Arkansas First Lady  —  Who's the racist?  —  Last week Hillary Clinton delivered her KKK-white supremacist speech in Reno, Nevada to a small group of supporters.  —  Even With Union Attendance, Very Small Crowd for Hillary in Reno …
Fox News Insider:
Larry the Cable Guy: ‘Hillary Will Be the End of the Country’  —  Larry the Cable Guy dropped by “Fox and Friends” today to share some laughs and give his thoughts on the 2016 race.  —  The superstar “Blue Collar” comedian said that this election year is “crazy,” and he's torn between Donald Trump …
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Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Ed Martin says Muslims ‘blow things up’
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